During the first world war, a young American woman's boat is torpedoed by a German U-Boat. When she manages to return to her ancestral country of France, she witnesses the German atrocities first hand.
This is Wallace Beery's first screen appearance (he plays a German soldier)
Stars: Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Hobart Bosworth, Ben Alexander Directed by Cecil B Demille An Artcraft Picture
June 10, 2014 Subject:
The DeMille - Pickford Follow-up Film
About a month after the completion of "A Romance Of The Redwoods", Cecil B. DeMille began production on this film "The Little American" with Mary Pickford and Paramount's new star Jack Holt, who had already made a half-dozen films since arriving in late 1916, and co-starring as a young French officer was Raymond Hatton in a most effective role.
This film was released before America entered World War I but not by much and was decidedly pro-France. According to the archives of Paramount pictures there was a certain acrimony between C.B. DeMille and Mary Pickford and working together was difficult for both but none of that came through on the screen. This film was also a major success and also raked in over a quarter of a million dollars in grosses. The next Pickford film was produced by her new Production Company for Paramount and was "Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm" which was also a major success for her and her new company and she was well on her way to being truly a mogul in her own right in the movie business.
This picture clicks on so many levels it's surprising. The acting of the three top stars is stellar. The production values and the direction especially with gangs of extras and featured players going through their paces is superior and the whole project has a sense of total war about it and a claustrophobic feel to it as much is set inside the house of Angela's Aunt.
Great early film. A must see for buffs and others as well. Picture quality very good as well. Enjoy.